“Uniformed services and teachers will not be obliged to be vaccinated from March 1,” the Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz told “Plus”, a Polish radio broadcaster on Tuesday. He stressed that this does not mean that the obligation for these professional groups to be vaccinated will be permanently removed.
The reason behind the delay
During his interview the Health Ministry spokesman was asked about the decision to make vaccinations compulsory for uniformed services and teachers and other COVID-19 related issues.
He stated that there is not enough time for representatives of these professional groups to be fully vaccinated by 1 March. “In the case of medics, we are talking about the fact that from 1 March this obligation will be enforced, that is, such a person will have to be fully vaccinated. So, logically, this cannot be carried out in such a short period of time in relation to other professional groups,” the spokesman stressed.
Compulsory vaccinations for medics
He emphasised that in the case of medics, the mandatory vaccination against hepatitis is already in place. “Without these vaccinations, no doctor in this country, or nurse, will be allowed to see a patient. It is the same here. You cannot admit someone who is not a safe person for patients,” Mr Andrusiewicz stated.
He also said that the heads of hospitals and other medical facilities will decide whether an unvaccinated medic will be moved to an administrative department or an alternative decision will be made.
When asked if this resolution would exacerbate staffing problems in the health service, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health replied that “a doctor should first and foremost be a person who is safe for the patient”.
COVID-19 in Poland
On Tuesday the Health Ministry announced 35,960 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in Poland, increasing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 5,224,144 including 743,351 still active.
According to data from the Health Ministry a total of 52,280,338 vaccine doses have been administered and 21,890,527 people have been fully vaccinated.
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